REACH Regulations

Helping you understand the REACH Regulations

Understanding your responsibilities under REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals) is not an easy task when you have a company to run.  Dealing with the day to day issues of your operation is more than enough without having to trawl through reams of legislation, when much of it probably doesn’t even apply to you.

The REACH regulations, which affects the whole of the European Union, has been introduced to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks posed by chemicals used in industrial process.  It also covers the use of chemical substances in everyday items such as cleaning products and electrical appliances.  This means that almost all companies operating the EU will be affected by these regulations – to one extent or another.

REACH will apply to any chemical manufactured or imported into the EU as a substance on its own, in a mixture of substances, or produced during processes, in quantities of one tonne or more per year.  It is a requirement of these regulations that these chemicals have to be registered with the European Chemical Agency.  Normally your supplier will have registered these chemicals already, however, any chemicals produced as a result of your processes may need to be registered by yourself.

Identifying where you company fits into the supply chain or working out whether your chemical use is enough to necessitate the reporting of such, are just some of the issues you will have to deal with under these regulations.

As a member of the Surface Engineering Association, you don’t need to struggle or lose sleep over the REACH Regulations.  We are here to help you.  We can guide you through this legislation and help you understand the implications it may have for your business.

If you would like to discuss the REACH Regulations and how they affect your business, please give us a ring on 0121 237 1123 or email us at